Christopher John Albright (born January 14, 1979) is a retired American soccer player.
|Full name||Christopher John Albright|
|Date of birth||January 14, 1979|
|Place of birth||Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States|
|Height||6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)|
|1999||→ MLS Pro-40 (loan)||3||(0)|
|2002–2007||Los Angeles Galaxy||116||(7)|
|2008–2009||New England Revolution||27||(0)|
|2010–2011||New York Red Bulls||26||(0)|
|1999||United States U20||4||(0)|
|2000||United States U23||6||(2)|
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of October 26, 2013|
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of April 4, 2010
Youth and college
Considered one of the best attacking prospects in the country, he leveraged foreign interest into getting assigned to D.C. United, despite the club being low on MLS's pecking order for Project-40 players. The league forced a trade with the Miami Fusion for future considerations, which turned out to be Roy Lassiter, but not until both Albright and Lassiter helped DC to the 1999 MLS Cup.
But Albright's club career did not live up to the lofty expectations. He struggled to find the back of the net, scoring just four goals total in his first three years in the league. D.C. dealt him to Los Angeles Galaxy for a draft pick prior to the 2002 season.
Albright drifted further onto the midfield, and then found himself in the back as the Galaxy's starting right defender for the 2003 and 2004 seasons. With Los Angeles Albright became one of the league's top right backs, and was honored as an MLS Best XI selection in 2005. During his time with the Galaxy he helped the club capture two MLS Cup and one U.S. Open Cup title. He appeared in 116 league matches, scoring 7 goals.
On January 18, 2008, Albright was traded to New England Revolution in return for allocation money. During the 2008 season Albright was a fixture for New England at right back appearing in 26 league matches; however during the 2009 season he suffered a season-ending injury that limited him to only one appearance.
Albright was traded to New York Red Bulls on January 14, 2010 in exchange for picks #31 and #48 in the 2010 MLS SuperDraft. After beginning the 2010 season on injured reserve Albright regained his form and became the club's starting right back and helped New York capture the regular season Eastern Conference title.
Following the 2011 season, the Red Bulls declined the 2012 option on Albright's contract, making him eligible for the 2011 MLS Re-Entry Draft. Albright was not selected in the draft and became a free agent.
On February 13, 2012, Albright signed to play for his hometown Philadelphia Union. He retired at the conclusion of the 2013 season
Albright's first attempt at playing defense came with United States national team coach Bruce Arena, who gave him his first cap on September 8, 1999, against Jamaica. Albright scored his lone U.S. goal that day and has accumulated 21 caps as of 2007.
Albright was listed as an alternate for Bruce Arena's 23-man squad for the 2006 FIFA World Cup in Germany and made the final squad two days after the initial roster announcement due to the injury of Frankie Hejduk. Albright did not appear in a match in the tournament.
- As of June 29, 2013
|Club performance||League||Cup||League Cup||Continental||Total|
|USA||League||Open Cup||League Cup||North America||Total|
|1999||D.C. United||Major League Soccer||8||0||1||1||0||0||1||0||10||1|
|2002||Los Angeles Galaxy||15||0||2||2||5||1||0||0||22||3|
|2008||New England Revolution||26||0||0||0||2||0||0||0||28||0|
|2010||New York Red Bulls||18||0||3||0||2||0||0||0||23||0|
New England Revolution
- North American SuperLiga (1): 2008
Los Angeles Galaxy
- MLS Best XI: 2005
- "2010 MLS Draft (Pre-Draft Commentary)". Soccer By Ives. 2010-01-14. Retrieved 2012-02-13.
- Archived October 23, 2010, at the Wayback Machine
- "MLS names players available in Re-Entry Process (UPDATED)". MLSsoccer.com. 2011-12-02. Retrieved 2012-02-13.
- "ESPN Soccernet". Soccernet.espn.go.com. 2006-05-03. Retrieved 2012-02-13.